This year’s Founder’s Week focused on the 50th anniversary of the papal encyclical Pacem in Terris as well as the work performed by the Spiritans in carrying on the mission of peace building. Pacem in Terris was the first encyclical in which Pope John XXIII not only addressed the Catholic faithful, but also “all people of good will.” The encyclical was intended to highlight the path to peace through collaboration and respect.
A keynote was delivered by Dr. Miguel H. Diaz, ambassador to the Holy See from 2009 to 2012 and the first U.S. Latino in that position. Now a professor of faith and culture at the University of Dayton, last year Diaz launched a groundbreaking initiative to engage communities of faith, the Religion and Foreign Policy Working Group of the Secretary of State’s Strategic Dialogue with Civil Society.
Founder’s Week helps to tell the Spiritan story and its mission is to support and advocate for the marginalized around the globe. More than 3,000 Spiritans today serve that mission. The order established Duquesne in 1878 to educate children of the immigrant poor and help them to rise above poverty.